Kevin Klipstein

What it Means to Turn the Page on the Season

by Kevin Klipstein My kids love the Sesame St. book called “Please Do Not Open This Book” which involves Grover and Elmo fighting over whether to turn pages to get to the end of the book. Grover warns there is a monster, at the end of the book, and does everything he can to prevent […]

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“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won” – Winston Churchill In the last 25 years, squash in the US has experienced two major shifts. These shifts have resulted in a massive and difficult change physically, and perhaps more significantly, a change in the mindset of the squash community. The two interrelated shifts are the transition from the […]

The Remarkable Spectacle of Squash

Five years ago, when US Squash started operating the Delaware Investments U.S. Open “in-house”, we did so based on the advice of marketing experts. “Make the U.S. Open HUGE” and “Get squash on TV!” were the two most common refrains from those we spoke with in the field. Each year we have added one more day of capacity crowds at the Daskalakis Athletic Center, […]

From US Squash

By Kevin Klipstein, President & Chief Executive Officer In talking with people in the squash community, I often find it helpful to remind them where US Squash was just a decade ago. We were a much smaller organization, with one-fifth the budget, and only four very dedicated employees. The U.S. Open was licensed to a […]

From US Squash

By Kevin Klipstein, President & Chief Executive Officer The U.S. Junior Open is held the last weekend before the holidays each year and, therefore, offers a great opportunity for reflection. I started as CEO the week before the 2004 event, so noting differences each year is even more natural for me. I will never forget […]

From US Squash

By Kevin Klipstein, President & Chief Executive Officer The 2005 Annual Meeting of the Members took place during Nationals at Harvard—I was three months into the job, and there were five of us total (an official quorum is twenty-five). The average age of the members in attendance was approximately sixty-seven. Undeterred, the four members proceeded to […]

From US Squash

By Kevin D. Klipstein, President & Chief Executive Officer It’s been quite a year already in sports so far starting with the Sochi Winter Olympics serving up rigged Russian figure skating results, World Cup soccer offering a Suarez biting, accusations of cheating all around, and the recent fumbles by the NFL have tarnished their $10 […]

From US Squash

By Kevin D. Klipstein, President & Chief Executive Officer At the fifty-ninth hosting of the Junior Nationals this spring, we honored Olivia Fiechter and Derek Hsue with the 2014 DeRoy Sportsmanship Award. Each year we present this award to a male and female senior who demonstrate exemplary behavior on and off the court and compete […]

From US Squash

By Kevin D. Klipstein, President & Chief Executive Officer It’s easy to get lost in all the titles. U.S. Championships are all around us now. It wasn’t always the case, as many in their 40s, 50s and 60s still often lament in refrains such as, “I remember when there were 500 players at Nationals, with […]